Decision details

Dual Diagnosis Procurement

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Decision is required following a comprehensive procurement exercise, the existing provision will expire June 30th and a contract to ensure continuity of services is needed.

GMCA is in receipt of grant funding from the Department of Housing, Communities and Levelling Up (DLUHC) under the Rough Sleeper Initiative (RSI), to support the reduction in rough sleeping. Part of this funding provides for a service to upskill staff and support individuals who are experiencing co-occurring drug/alcohol misuse and enduring mental ill-health.

Preventing and relieving Homelessness is a Mayoral and national government priority.

Many of the people supported by rough sleeping outreach and accommodation-based services are experiencing multiple, complex health issues at the same time, which have led to, and are exacerbated by, rough sleeping. Access to treatment in this context needs to be swift and coordinated across both mental health and substance misuse support services.

This service directly addresses this need, by training staff on how to best navigate this complicated landscape and providing specific interventions to people in the most acute need within our rough sleeping services.


To enter into a contract for 9 months (with the option to extend for a further 24 months) for the delivery of a Dual Diagnosis service for people experiencing rough sleeping and homelessness. The service is being funded via a Rough Sleeping Initiative Grant from the Department of Leveling up Homes and Communities (DLUHC)

The service provides training and advice to staff working in rough sleeping teams in Bolton, Bury, Stockport and Trafford, in addition to directly supporting individuals experiencing complex, co-occurring mental health, substance misuse and homelessness.

The contract will be awarded to Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust as per the contract award report.

Alternative options considered:

Not to award the contract would risk continuity of the Dual Diagnosis Service, which would have a severe impact on the quality of the rough sleeping outreach offer in Bolton, Bury, Stockport and Trafford.

Publication date: 14/06/2022

Date of decision: 13/06/2022